Grateful Dead Live at Buffalo Memorial Auditorium on 1977-05-09
Sources: Soundboard Source:Betty Cantor 7" two track reel w/DBX-1 @ 7 1/2 ips>PCM501ES @ 44.055 kHz PCM501ES analog out>DBX-1 decoder>analog in PCM501ES analog out>
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Audience Source:Master Audience Cassette> Sony ecm-33pmics>nak550>reel to reel>cd
The audience source supplies patches for the master reel splices at D2T2,TMNS 6:50 - 7:18 and D3T4, NFA 1:43 - 2:10 Seeded via Fungus and abgd by Charlie Connor 3/21/02, with thanks to Joe Samaritano and Scott Clugston
Subject: Comes a Time
Subject: "Look out!"
Jerry is cracking wise in the background between Brown Eyed Woman and Mexicali as Bobby counts it up. "1, 2,..." "LOOK OUT!" "...3, 4." 🤣
It's nice to hear Donna shine out on Sunrise. Her harmonies on the down tempo Comes a Time really support Jerry's heartfelt wailings.
Yes, there are a few missed lyrics here and there, but c'mon... we've already forgiven that haven't we?
Subject: Help > Slip > Franklin's
Subject: Treasure trove
Subject: Comes a Time
Subject: Seems like yesterday...
Obviously, I was blown away by 5/8.... everyone was..... But, the next night in Buffalo.... WOW!!! I may have been the only one in my group saying it, but I liked Buffalo more than Cornell.... From start to finish, all great stuff. The best versions of some songs? Not really sure as I've heard some comparable Help/Slip/Franklin as well as some stand-alone Franklin's that are smoking. And I've heard some mighty fine TMNS and Peggy-O's and Bertha's, etc., etc. But from the opening chord of Help, to the UJB encore, every note was purposeful [thank you tripping balls guy behind me at the first night of RFK '86 for that descriptive].
All my buddies thought I was nuts... After all, 5/8/77 could be the greatest Morning Dew- -certainly my favorite by a long way. And that Scarlet>Fire- -especially the jam and the Fire.... OMG!!! Jerry's lead cascading and cascading in Fire still gives me shivers when I think back to that night.....
But almost 40 years later, I still think Buffalo stands the test of time as well as any show the Dead ever played. Unlike Cornell where I'll sometimes skip a tune to get to a highlight, I have never skipped a tune when streaming 5/9/77. As that smiling, tripping dude said.... every note was purposeful.
So let the debate continue.... what was the greatest show in that merry month of May 1977? No matter your answer, you can't be wrong.....
BTW- - if you want another tale of two remarkably well played yet remarkably different shows, fast forward 3 years to spring 1980. Senior year of college for me. Trucked west from Atlanta to Birmingham on 4/28. Great little show capped by a hot GDTRFB encore. Then back to Atlanta for the Fox Theater on 4/29. A proletariat song list compared to the night before. But just as then, and notwithstanding what the folks I trucked to Birmingham say, from start to finish I still prefer the Atlanta show. Oh well.... opinions.... as Charles Durning said in Home for the Holidays, "Opinions are like assholes. Everybody has one and everybody thinks the other guy's stinks." :)
On that note.... back to work I must go..... Have a grateful day.... and keep the music and vibe alive!!
Subject: My First Show
Subject: There's Many we havent heard
Subject: This is it!!!
Subject: Best 0f 77
Subject: The best show of the tour
Subject: What do the Dead do after playing 05/08/77? They drop the heat on us with this.
The rest of the first set is perfect Dead: Brown-Eyed Women shines with Americana and Jerry pours his heart into the solos. Bobby’s clean slide work compliments Jerry’s fiery guitar as the boys flow into a traditional Bobby Mexicali. Tennessee Jed follows and Jerry is on as always. I have a huge affection towards a well-played Big River. This one here…well, just listen. Johnny Cash wrote it. Bobby sings it. But Jerry makes it his own. Take a listen after Keith’s piano solo. Pure magic. This is vintage Garcia. Billy fills in with a beautiful flourish and we wind down into Peggy-O. Has there ever been a more beautiful Garcia tune? Vocals, guitar work, timing…perfect. Jerry’s first solo takes us far, far away and then gently brings us back. Tales of rejection and triumphant return entwine beautifully, while we, the listener, are reminded of a time when worry was closer to home. Why do we find this experience so emotional? Ask any deadhead and you will get a different answer. History combines with beauty. Why am I listening to a band that I only saw live once? Why do I feel an instant affinity to any person that I hear playing the boys? Well, the music lives on and hopefully I can forward some of the experience to all of you. That the music lives on and continues to gain listeners is a testament to the integrity of the band. The spark that was lit back in my formative years has grown and I hope that I have helped turn on a few friends along the way. I will just leave it at this: do those first notes of Eyes of the World always make you smile? No matter where you are or what you are doing?
“Right outside this lazy summer home….”
Sunrise is standard as always, but my goodness…The Music Never Stopped. This song was born in 1976, but the Band brought it to its height in 1977. If I were to pick my favorite Donna accompaniment, it would be the Music Never Stoppeds from 1976-1978 or the Wharf Rats from the same era. All else aside, this version is one of the best from 1977 and may be the best from the late 1970’s.
A beautiful Bertha begins the second set. Jerry, Bobby and Phil charge through and bring the first set magic right to the forefront. A predictable Good Lovin’ flows into Ship of Fools. Jerry brings everything down, down, down only to launch into Estimated. This tune was still relatively new to the band having only been introduced during the Terrapin Station recording sessions. Any hesitancy the band may have had at the February Swing Auditorium show has now dissipated. Estimated is here to stay. Jerry’s thwunky wah goads Phil right into The Other One.
For astute listeners, Jerry’s signature 1977 “growl” can be heard in evolution throughout 1976. Swing Auditorium 1977 is really where the 1977 “Jerry growl” takes over. Throughout 1976, Jerry’s tone can be heard to flow in and out of the “signature growl.” Sometimes we hear him almost all the way there and then at other times we hear the individual beauty of 1976. An overlooked year indeed: a transition year. But if you catch yourself with an ear for the Dead, you will recognize 1976 right out of the gate. Such is the beauty of the Dead. When you know, you know.
The Other One is one of the Dead’s primal tunes. Here we get a dark, yet fully satisfying version that flows into early Dead psychedelia while maintaining the feel of late 1970’s Dead. Mickey and Billy intersperse a brief drum interval and then the band falls into Not Fade Away. The boys have been playing this tune since 1970 and are quite aware of where they can take it. The drums thunder as Jerry finds inexplicable note combinations and the band builds towards an inexorable crescendo, only to find all the instruments fade away… except Jerry.
The haunting notes of Comes a Time slowly emerge: a solo Jerry tune that was worked seamlessly into the Dead repertoire. Pure emotion. The end solo section is pristine. And then we come to every deadhead’s favorite tune: Sugar Magnolia. I cannot say I ever liked this tune, but you become numb to it after a while.
The Dead were never known for playing the best encores. But honestly, I will take an Uncle John’s Band encore any day. From a historical perspective: a fitting send-off to a brilliant three-night run. The Grateful goddamn Dead!
Subject: Really special audio
Subject: gotta love '77!
Subject: numero uno!!
Subject: What's wrong with disco?
Poop on the top 40 all you want. But there is underground disco music that is some of the most vibrant stuff you'll ever hear
Granted, you might not be into the soundtrack of young gay blacks and Latinos
Great show. Nice disco influence.
Subject: Happy 35th Birthday
Subject: Great show from a great tour
Subject: 35 years ago today
Subject: ... played this tape raw, back in the day ...
Subject: My first Dead show
Adjust your altitude then turn this up to 11 and ENJOY!!!
Subject: Holding a Note. . .
Among the standouts for me in this show are Not Fade Away and Sugar Magnolia. Played very differently and yet still Very fine.
the sound is excellent, the performance is excellent. I have to agree with a previous reviewer that it almost like a studio recording for quality.
Except for Kieth the band is really on this night. Kieth, while still playing very, very good, seems to be coasting throught most of this show. Maybe he was distacted by something that happened or a toothache or who the hell knows what, but he does not seem to be part of the group mind on this particular night. Makes me wonder what this show would have been like if he was "on" too.
there have been some comments about Sunrise, most sayint that they did not care for the song, and I cannot argue with that, but I think that the reviewer who said that it does not have a Grateful Dead groove is wrong. Sunrise is the Grateful Dead playing behind Donna Jean's solo. No question about it, with the Grateful Dead the music plays the band and that is what you have here. IMHO
Giving This a five for the quality of the sound and mixing. And a 4.75 for the performance.
Subject: What a Time!
Subject: from these reviews the show must have been magic
P.S. to all deadheads: Please write reviews every time you listen to a show on here. If it helps guide me, I know I'm not the only one. Thank you, Steel from Oklahoma.
Long Live The Grateful Dead!
peace&love to all.......
Subject: Top Pick!
Subject: The unspoken
Subject: i was THERE
I HAVE NEVER BEEN THE SAME SINCE!!!!!!
The Dead were never about perfection, but to me this first set is as close to perfection as they got. Sure there is a minor lyric flub or two, but every solo, every transition, every vocal, every version of every song in the first set is near definitive (even Sunrise). Certainly my favorite Help Slip Franklins. Pair this set with the previous night's second and wow! Don't get me wrong this second set has its moments but isn't at the same level as the first overall.
Its interesting that this run of shows came at such a difficult time in the band's career. Things with Keith and Donna were on the downslope. Jerry was overwhelmed with finishing the movie and had been recently introduced to the Persian which would ultimatly lead to his musical and personal decline. Nervertheless, the boys pull out a run for the ages! The second set of Cornell through the end of this first set is my personal favorite stretch of Dead music. I probably reach for this show more than any other.
Subject: Fantastic Comes a time
Subject: Comes a Time
Estimated>The Other One> NFA, wow. But the gem of this show is Comes a Time. WOW... the solo at the end nearly made me cry like so many Jerry solos have the power to do. If you havent heard it then you are missin out.
Subject: I Just Don't Know
Subject: Get the other version
Subject: GOOD GOD ALMIGHTY
Subject: far better than cornell
But I guess, once Cornell got talked about, it snowballed and no one wanted to be caught saying that they 'couldn't see the emporer's new clothes'. It's sad that Cornell has become the representative to the GD; a show that keeps non-initiates scratching their heads saying "[other than the 'morning dew'], this sounds really sloppy and uninspired".
Subject: Awsome Betty Board!
Subject: Oh my Dear!!
Every night pure magic. Unbelievealbe!!!
Subject: Comes a Time
Subject: '77 Dead...can't get no better
Subject: May '77
BRAVO ... to everyone who had a hand in this from May 5, 1977 to today.
Absolutely Goddamned transcendent.
Subject: yup, still the best
Subject: 13 years ago
in the second city...
31 years...2 months and some change ago --- they were playin this gem...
cant believe how lucky my Sabre fan -- friends were on this MAY day...
If these 77 shows arent 5's...
Subject: hey wolfmansbrother
Subject: help on the way?
again, the slipknot showcases the band's mindset and the good vibes and great playing continue. first set highlights (aren't they all, really?) include the big river, which just rips, and the peggy-o, which of is the best of the tour so far, i think. the sunrise, which was so blah back in jersey, is actually pretty damn good despite its total lack of a dead groove. and the MNS? holy shit but it IS the best one yet.
the second set is most excellent. the NFA picks up where last night's left off, and another heart-wrenching comes a time. and who the hell complain about UJB as an encore? not me.
i'm looking forward to two nights off! i need some rest before making the southern swing of what is surely shaping up to be the greatest tour by the greatest band ever.
now how the hell to you get from buffalo to st. paul?
Subject: Comes A Time
Subject: 3 out of 3 ain't bad
Subject: Part of the "three best dead shows"
Without spelling out the whole setlist which is all amazing (except for Sunrise, but that goes without saying, and was expected in 77') i'll point out the highlights.
Help>Slip!>Franklin's opener is quite a treat with the band in high vocal form and no slacker moments in the slipknot jam. Phil and Bobby seem to have a mutual understanding of what needs to happen in this.
Other set 1 topper seems to be Big River which is spectacular. Each instrument is relevant and no one is "soloing", everyone is cooperating.
Many reviewers have mentioned Music Never Stopped as being great here. Again we get some outrageous Phil bombs with a faster, more intense solo than used to from Jerry in this song. I almost felt twinges of the guitar energy displayed in numbers like the Eleven from 1969 fillmore shows. Never would Garcia play guitar this sharply or intensly again.
Second set is magic time and dosn't nessesarilly follow the second set formula with a spectacular Ship of Fools, a musically brilliant Estimated (all three nites from this run have exelent estimateds), and a particularly emotional Comes a Time that beats 72' versions.
Brilliant, sound is sublime, 5, band is at it's highest point, 5,
all is good.
Subject: Cornell was only a warm up!!!!!!!
The first set is triumphant.And is followed by a truly complimentary second and is topped of with a gracious encore, which was obviously dedicated to all of the fans that were attending that bunch of shows.
What a week. Get it, Get it Get it!!!!!!
Subject: THE MUSIC NEVER STOPPED
Subject: Great Show
Subject: Pure knockout
Although if you are like me you already know and are returning to this show just to check out the latest posts.
Subject: BETTER THAN CORNELL and thats hard to beat!
Subject: Bar Mitzvus Interuptus
Subject: Too late....
Subject: Great Great Show
Subject: comes a time..
Subject: Comes A Time
Subject: Comes A Time....
Subject: Help On The Way
Help>Slip at it's finest, and special Peggy-O and Bertha are just a few wows from Buffalo, and I do mean wows, the 7th, 8th and 9th of May are probubly the finest 72 hours of the GD. Short a Jack-a-roe and Passenger, 77 is tendered quite comprehensively, I find it best to understand the Three performances as a set.
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Subject: 8:53 of Comes A Times, when the music just....WheW!
i swear, Jerry's solo in Comes A Time is so haunting and ancient and inspired, even if it is strictly a key-sig solo...
"godDAMN well i declare! have you seen the like?"
forget Barton for awhile. i swear you won't be disappointed. even the AUD d/l is worth it, it's not bad at all. but like someone below said, get the bettyboard. you will be sooooo in love all over again...
Subject: Grateful for nugets.net - free stash
Subject: SB Available!! ...
Subject: One of my favorites
Subject: Stating the Obvious
Subject: late 70's early 80's sweetness
Subject: Phil's sound
Subject: Second set energy
I'm not a huge fan of Comes a Time, but this version is powerful, with some great guitar work. Jerry is also hot on the Not Fade Away that comes before it.
It ends with an energetic Uncle John's Band with pretty vocals and a driving jam.
Subject: In a dreamy mood
The whole show is stellar but the segue EP>OtherOne>NFA>Comes A Time is really extraordinary : a very fluid and emotional Prophet slips naturally into a short but intense Other One. Then NFA where the band sounds like a cosmic cithara leads to a wonderful Comes A Time, so sweet so powerful. And Sugar Mag and UJB to finish the job !!! and it's a Betty C.J. soundboard !!!
Subject: OH YAH!
Interesting that very few comments about Music, which to me is the highlight of the show, and the best I have ever heard. Jerry is just crazy jamming. This whole show rocks!!! My first show was '86, and I envy people who saw the spring '77 shows. Like fine wine, spring '77 was a great year.
PS: Love and miss you Jerry, the world is not the same without you!
Subject: THIS SHOW
Subject: peggy o
Subject: Big River....Comes a Time
Rest of show is excellent...but IMO, not quite as good as 5/7/77 or 5/8/77...not as tightly played and sound is not equal. But still amazing...like all of May 1977. I give it a 4.5 stars >> 5.
Subject: 5/9/77 Buffalo
Subject: Comes a Time
Subject: Better than cornell?
Subject: Comes A Time
Subject: This shows smokes!
Subject: Top 3
Subject: Like it or Lump it
I can't give it 3 due to the sound but I think its alittle below a 4.
Subject: really is that good
the slipknot! is so memorable, i feel like i could sing the whole thing acappella. do yourself a favor and at leats listen to h>s>f
Subject: Maybe better than Cornell
Subject: What to say??
Subject: Praise for Dead and very Grateful
Subject: Big River
Subject: grand daddy of a run
Subject: If You Get Confused, Listen To This Show Play!!!
Subject: peggy O! thats what I'm talkin' bout!
Subject: Another great great show...
Subject: Hey now...
Subject: here ya go...
this ones good, BUT check out 6/9/77...
Subject: What a show!
Subject: Lovin' this site!!
Subject: Help on the Way
This is a high quality show
Subject: All I can say
Subject: Betty Rules!
I sometimes prefer this to Barton Hall because it is a little more even preformance. The tempo on Bertha is a little slow but the H>S>F, Comes a Time, and UJB encore more then make up for that.
Subject: On par with Boston and Cornell.
Subject: My First Dead Show
Subject: Enjoyable Show.
Subject: Sweet Music
Subject: You Just Can't Believe IT!
Subject: Overlook no longer !
Subject: One of my first Dead shows....
Subject: A must have!